Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Sep 26, 2013
    91
    It's one of the most unexpectedly enjoyable cinematic experiences of the year, even if you couldn't pick a Metallica track out of some hypothetical never-ending playlist.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 24, 2013
    83
    With "Gravity" around the corner, Metallica Through the Never isn't the year's most groundbreaking achievement, but it's surely the most earth-shattering, and that's enough to make it one helluva comeback story.
  3. Reviewed by: Paul MacInnes
    Oct 5, 2013
    80
    In between songs there's a movie within a movie as Dane DeHaan silently takes on the forces of anarchy on behalf of the band. Awesome.
  4. Reviewed by: Jim Farber
    Sep 26, 2013
    80
    One drawback: While the swooping and careening visuals capture the depth and darkness of an arena experience, the sound doesn’t. As burly as the acoustics in a theater may be, they’re spindly compared to the sucker-punch fans prize at an actual Metallica concert. Luckily — for its visuals alone — “Through the Never” has enough grit and power to deserve two fists up.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Sep 24, 2013
    80
    Maybe because the band enjoyed raves for its daring 2004 psychodrama, Some Kind of Monster, an experimental narrative is shoehorned in, involving a roadie (Dane DeHaan) doing bloody battle in a deserted city. Your heart sinks with every cutaway.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Sep 20, 2013
    80
    A definitive document for anyone who’s ever hoisted the devil-horn fingers in metalhead solidarity.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Guarino
    Sep 26, 2013
    75
    In this film, Metallica elevates headbanging to matters of the head that will consume the viewer long after the fade to black.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 26, 2013
    75
    If you’re looking for an orgasmic trip to heavy-metal heaven, this is it.
  9. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Sep 25, 2013
    70
    It makes for a unique sort of concert film, but also a weaker one. It would have been better if it had dispensed with the frail narrative or else committed to being completely bananas. But as die-hard Metallica fans well know, a little buffoonery is worth weathering for the main attraction.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Rugg
    Sep 24, 2013
    70
    This is a movie made for people who mash themselves up against those steel crowd-control barriers at concerts and still don't think they're close enough.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Sep 20, 2013
    70
    However mindless and heartless it may be, Through the Never succeeds as pure sense-swamping spectacle. It is a blow-out banquet for Metallica fans, and a blockbuster rock-and-rollercoaster ride for any heavy metal tourists curious to see this music played at major-league level.
  12. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Sep 25, 2013
    67
    This stereoscopic IMAX vanity project presents the titular rockers not as men, but as living legends, playing the hits at a gigantic venue, for thousands of bellowing diehard fans. In place of introspection, there is only lionizing spectacle; if Monster laid bare the wounded egos of metal’s biggest stars, Never simply re-inflates them.
  13. Reviewed by: Raoul Hernandez
    Sep 25, 2013
    67
    The Song Remains the Same. There, said it – as will every other rock & roll fanatic considering Metallica: Through the Never.
  14. Reviewed by: Dave McGinn
    Sep 27, 2013
    63
    If this review had to be in pantomime, it would be me head-banging and busting out some gnarly air guitar for an hour straight – and loving every minute of it. That’s how much fun this concert film is. But be warned: If you’ve never rocked-out to a Metallica song, or don’t even know what throwing the horns is, this movie is not for you.
  15. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Sep 26, 2013
    63
    The music is central, so viewers without a preexisting taste for thump and thrash will probably not be converted by the Imax 3-D spectacle.
  16. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Sep 25, 2013
    63
    Since the movie’s street side dream doesn’t add much more than a gimmicky “interpretation” of their sound, you’re left with a deafening dirge –well-played, but really, no improvement on your basic concert film.
  17. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Sep 25, 2013
    60
    Even at its goofiest, Through The Never brings back the communal appeal of those early concert films, which were often just a way for young fans to bond with other young fans over the music of entertainers who seemed to understand what they really wanted.
  18. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    Despite swooping camera movements and elaborate stagecraft, the film produces detachment rather than immediacy.
  19. Reviewed by: August Brown
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    The problem is that Antal and Metallica took two different movies — a fine live-band document and a supernatural end-of-days romp — and smashed them together to make both of them more boring.
  20. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    The guys in Metallica are here to remind us that there’s a band behind the rage rock. The IMAX 3-D release Metallica Through the Never is all about reasserting their relevance, loudly.
  21. Reviewed by: Andrew Lowry
    Oct 5, 2013
    40
    It’s a histrionic distraction from the band doing their thing. Watch "Some Kind Of Monster" instead.
  22. Reviewed by: David Gritten
    Oct 4, 2013
    40
    Their fans will love the efficient, well-shot concert scenes: but its woeful parallel story suggests bands like Metallica are rarely more than one remove from Spinal Tap.
  23. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 30, 2013
    38
    This movie is basically “Spinal Tap” minus the jokes. Two of the band members have the word “Metallica” emblazoned on their clothing. Metallica — it’s the band that has to remind fans whom they’re watching!
  24. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 24, 2013
    38
    The songs still sound great here, but the instruments aren't amplified nearly as much as the nostalgia and vanity of the men who wield them.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Sep 29, 2013
    10
    Amazing concert footage filled with state of the art sound and 3D, while using it beautifully. the band is on fire and they are at the top of their game. This is all mixed with a story line full of symbolism about human nature and a young man's trip (pun intended) into his own subconscious. Definitely recommended for Metallica or heavy metal fans and anyone who likes new things and live music. Full Review »
  2. Oct 16, 2013
    10
    I had high expectations for this film. When I finally got to view it my expectations were met and far surpassed. Watching Metallica: Through the Never was a joyous use of an hour and a half of my life. I expected nothing more than just a Metallica concert, only on film. What it turned out to be was an AWESOME concert in the most badass arena I've ever seen with some of Metallica's greatest hits all intertwined with a side story that was actually really good! The visual style of the side story segments is what really blew me away. The entire movie is just amazing eye and ear candy! I got what I wanted and a bucket load more. 3D may not be that great but I don't care for 3D anyway. Everything in this film is PERFECT (exceptnot finding out what was in that damn bag!). A must watch for Metallica fans and in my opinion, everyone else as well. Full Review »
  3. Oct 14, 2013
    9
    Outstanding concert footage. Metallica guys look like the early days. The imax experience is stunning. The plot practically useless is just an excuse to give this guys the chance to show the entire world that they're the best in what they do. Who loves Metallica and rock music in general shouldn't loose the possibility to spend an hour and an half headbanging on a seat with a remarkable concert that will pump fast through the veins. m/ Full Review »